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asthma
5 uses
Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization in children.
asthma = a common lung disorder characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and sometimes coughing
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1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
1 use
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 4
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capricious
3 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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conciliatory
2 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 15
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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deviate
1 use
She never deviated from her goal of getting a good education and becoming a teacher.
deviated = strayed (changed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deviate means:
differ or change
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1st useChapter 13
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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diligent
9 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 5
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enigma
8 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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expedient
2 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 15
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indolent
2 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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insipid
1 use
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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lethargic
2 uses
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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1st useChapter 20
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meticulous
5 uses
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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1st useChapter 12
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minuteness
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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mischievous
2 uses
She flashed a mischievous grin and threw the water balloon.
mischievous = playful — often in an annoying or naughty way
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
naughtily or annoyingly playful

or:

tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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1st useChapter 10
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parsimonious
3 uses
Ebenezer Scrooge was parsimonious in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
parsimonious = (having the trait of) extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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prodigious
9 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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1st useChapter 1
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taciturn
9 uses
She is taciturn by nature, but people like her once they get to know her.
taciturn = tending not to speak much
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1st useChapter 1
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tenacious
10 uses
She is as tenacious as a bulldog.
tenacious = determined and persistent
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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1st useChapter 1
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